Friday, January 20, 2012
When I posted a card with a rose and rose bud a few days ago, a lot of you told me you would love to have a tutorial on how to create them. Before I get started with the tutorial I want to let you know which products I used on this card. This is a 5.5"x6" card. I embossed the background with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and then used the new Cheery Lynn "French Lattice Small" (FRM 132) frame. I love the delicate look when using this new frame. The pretty flourish in the upper right corner is the new Memory Box "Quinn Flourish" (98267). The sentiment was stamped and die cut using the smallest Spellbinders scallop heart. The edges were pieced and sponged with Spun Sugar Distress Ink. The pretty border along the bottom of the card is the new Memory Box "Pepita Border" (98256). The green flourish is the Heartfelt Creations "Bella Rose Flourish". I love to use this die cut flourish with all my roses. The leaves were die cut using the Spellbinders "Rose Leaves" die. I have created a tutorial for both the Rose in full bloom and one for the Rose buds. I took a total of 71 pictures while creating these roses and have used only the ones I felt are most important to show you the steps I took. Since there are so many pictures, (not all 71) I will be posting the tutorial for the Rose Buds tomorrow.
TUTORIAL FOR CREATING A ROSE IN FULL BLOOM
Before I begin I want to apologize for having such a messy black shaping mat. I have made thousands of flowers on it and it is about wore out. I ordered a new mat so next time I make a tutorial for you it won't be so messy looking. In the picture above are the supplies I used to create the large rose. The punches used are the Punch Bunch Super Giant Begonia Petals and a six point snowflake.The card stock I used is light weight. Joan's Gardens carries a large selection of card stock variety packs that are just perfect for creating these flowers - you can see the colors here. I have punched a stack of petals and for this rose used the largest pink petals. I will use the smaller petals for different size roses and rose buds. The green petals will be used on the buds. I always use the tools from the Flower Tool Kit which are laying on the black shaping mat. The tools come in the box on the left side of the picture. The glue I used for this rose is the "Art Institute Adhesive". I also like to use the DG3 Art Gel but it is clear and wouldn't show up as well in this tutorial. All these products can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.
The number of petals you use will depend on the fullness you want in your rose. For this tutorial I used 18 petals for the open part of the rose plus three more for the closed center. All the petals were conditioned with the white shaping tool from the Flower Tool Kit. You go around in circles with this tool until the petals "cups" up.
Next, use the self closing tweezers and curl the edges back on some of the petals to resemble a real rose petal. Place the tweezers on the very edge and curl under.
With part of the petals you can use the largest stylus and rub around the edges to curl them back. Also use the tweezers to crease the bottom portion of the petal pulling both sides up (on front side) to further cup the petal.
Use the punched snowflake for the base of the rose. Use the large white tool to cup it. Add glue to every other point as shown above. I always work on my Craft Mat because it is so easy to clean with a baby wipe. Joan has the most fabulous "Stay Put Craft Mats" that will not roll on the edges. It is very large and great for working on when using glue or other products that can be messy.
Add the pointed end of the petals to the glued green points.
Add glue to the other three points.
Add three more petals. The petals should overlap. Your first row will look like this. I created two sections like this. A third row was completed but the petals were cupped up to begin the closed shape of the rose. There is a picture below showing all the layers.
When the glue is dry, place each layer on the black shaping mat and use the pointed end of the white tool and press down around the center to fluff up the petals.
Here is what the bottom of each the three layers will look like. As you can see the snowflake holds the six petals.
I used three petals to create the center of the rose. For the very center, the "pointed" end of the petal will be at the top and was rolled around the self closing tweezers to form a tight point. Put glue around the bottom of the petal to help keep it closed.
The next two petals glued to the very center will be added with the point down. Add glue to the pointed end and twist it around the first rolled petal. Then do the same thing with the third petal placing the middle of the petal over the end of the last petal. You want the petals alternated to look realistic.
When you have all the layers completed you used have these four sections. You an see the "cupped" section in the lower left corner. Notice how the outer petals of the center section are slightly flared out. When placing that center section in the middle of the rose, you may have to trim off the very bottom to acquire the height you want.
Use glue to attach the two "open" layers together. Use the stylus to press and hold these sections until they have time to stick together - about 10 seconds. Place these sections on the black shaping mat and press down in the center with the stylus to help curl up the petals.
Add the "cupped" section just as you did the first two layers. When you press the flower down in the shaping mat while the petals are still wet with glue, it helps them to curl up and give you that realistic shape. Hold down for a few seconds to help hold the shape. You want to be sure and use the largest stylus in the kit. If you use one that is too small, you might punch a hole through the center and not get a very good shaping.
Put a little pool of glue down in the center of the rose and press in the center rolled section you created. You will end up with a rose similar to this. Every rose will turn out slightly different. I have made lots of roses and I don't think any two turned out exactly the same. Making roses is a little time consuming but so worth the effort. Once you have learned the steps and completed your first rose, you will find each one thereafter will be very easy.
As I create more and more roses, I have finally come up with my own way to create them. I have never seen a tutorial or any directions on how to create the type of rose bud I make. I will be back tomorrow with a tutorial on how to create my style rose bud.